The 2019 Six Nations will be the 20th edition of the major international rugby union tournament. The series will be contested by England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The tournament will kick-off with a match between France and Wales at the Stade de France, Paris on the 1st February but many eyes will be on the game the following day between defending champions Ireland and England.
Can Ireland Defend Their Title?
Ireland not only won the 2018 Six Nations but they did so by winning every game and claiming the Grand Slam.
The Irish play three of their five games away from home this year, but have England at home, which could be significant.
Ireland enjoyed a good Autumn series, defeating New Zealand and Australia and will enter the 2019 World Cup as the big hope from the Northern Hemisphere. However, Ireland cannot take their eye off the ball by looking too far ahead and remain the favourites to win the 2019 Six Nations at 3/4 with Guts.Claim Bonus
England Must Up Their Game
England suffered a disappointing Six Nations last year and will be hoping to build some confidence ahead of the World Cup. They face the daunting task of a trip to Ireland on the opening weekend which could put them on the back foot immediately.
With a trip to Cardiff to play Wales in round three, England could either have the 2019 Six Nations championship within their grasp or be out of contention after only three games.
England came close to beating the All Blacks in the Autumn but it wasn’t to be and we could see the same outcome in the 2019 Six Nations. England are priced at 3/1 with Guts to win the competition. They will have to do without co-captain Dylan Harley against Ireland, though. He didn’t make Eddie Jones’ initial squad because of a knee injury. Mako and Billy Vunipola are back in contention, though.
Wales Best of the Rest
Wales have included the injured duo of Leigh Halfpenny and Ross Moriarty in their 2019 Six Nations squad. However, Wales are struggling for numbers in the back row due to injuries with James Davies, Ellis Jenkins and Aaron Shingler all missing out.
The Welsh face Ireland in Cardiff on the final weekend of the 2019 Six Nations and will be aiming to still be in with a shout when that match comes around. Guts offer 9/2 for Wales to win the 2019 Six Nations, with Scotland at 47/4, France at 27/2 and Italy out at 759/1.